Formby Beach and Red Squirrel Reserve

Why not visit Formby Sand Dunes, on the North west coast between Liverpool and Southport, and explore the stunning coastline. With so much to see and do, make the most of what is on offer.

Red Squirrel

Red squirrel at Formby Nature Reserve

Stroll through the pine woods and look out for the red squirrels. Formby is well known as a special place to see them. The tiny feisty animals feed on the ripe pine cones, but recently their numbers have fallen due to squirrel pox virus. Luckily now the recovery is well on the way, and in this protected environment, it is hoped that their long term survival can be ensured.

Wander through the sand dunes. These dunes provide an excellent home for many rare and endangered species such as the Natterjack Toad and the Northern Dune Tiger Beetle.

Formby Beach

Formby Beach

Spend time on the beach – walk, build sand castles, play ball games, fly your kite – whatever you want to do there is plenty of space for everyone. You might even see people horse riding or sailing, and occasionally kite surfing. Erosion of the sand has revealed 5,000-year-old red deer footprints on the beach, so you may be lucky enough to find them. You can even swim in the sea here because Formby’s water quality is “good to excellent” according to the EU. But beware the water will be very cold!

Walk along the Sefton Coastal Footpath or cycle along Cheshire Lines.

Asparagus has been grown at Formby for many years. An ‘asparagus trail’ will open shortly.

For further information please call the National Trust Formby office on 01704 878591 or e-mail

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